Martha Raddatz named 2013 Commencement speaker
November 15, 2012 By Elizabeth Trollinger
Correspondent and moderator of the 2012 Vice Presidential
Debate, will be the featured speaker at Centre’s 2013
Martha Raddatz, ABC News Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent and moderator of the 2012 Vice Presidential Debate at Centre, will be the featured speaker at Centre’s 190th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 19, 2013.
Raddatz has held her current role at ABC since 2008. Previously, she acted as the network’s State Department and senior national security correspondent. She and others at ABC News were recognized for their coverage of Sept. 11, 2001, with a Peabody Award and an Emmy Award.
On Oct. 11, Raddatz moderated the only Vice Presidential debate between Congressman Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden, asking questions about domestic and foreign topics. Raddatz received rave reviews for her performance as a moderator and was praised for her assertiveness and confidence during the debate.
Before joining ABC News, Raddatz worked as the Pentagon correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR).
Raddatz’s work throughout the years has taken her across the world, to various places including the former Soviet Union, Africa, the Middle East, the Philippines, Haiti, the Yemen, Asia and Europe.
Raddatz has traveled to Iraq 21 times to cover ongoing conflicts there. She was with the last convoy out of Iraq and is the only television reporter given access to cover a combat mission over Afghanistan in an F15 fighter jet, in which she has spent nearly 10 hours in the air on two separate missions.
In 2011, Raddatz reported exclusive details on the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden. She had an exclusive interview that year with Marines who helped rescue two American pilots who had gone down in Libya.
Raddatz has won numerous awards throughout her career for her dedication to excellent reporting. She has won four Emmy Awards across her career. She was recognized with the National Headliner Award for team coverage during the 1988 presidential election. Raddatz was given an Overseas Press Club Award in 1996, the 2005 Daniel Pearl Award from the Chicago Journalists Association and the Internal Urbino Press Award in 2007.
Also in 2007, the White House Correspondents’ Association awarded her the Merriman Smith Memorial Award for excellence in presidential news coverage.
She received the First Amendment Award in 2012 from the Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF) for excellence in journalism, along with the prestigious Fred Friendly First Amendment Award.
Raddatz is the author of “The Long Road Home: A Story of War and Family” (2007), a New York Times Bestseller about the Iraqi war.
To read Centre’s 20 Questions with Raddatz, click here.
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Centre College, founded in 1819, is a nationally ranked liberal arts college in Danville, Ky. Centre hosted its second Vice Presidential Debate on 10.11.12, and remains the smallest college in the smallest town ever to host a general election debate. For more, click here.